In the Netherlands, some 14 radio towers have now been set on fire in the span of only a few weeks. The last one happened in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam. The national crime investigation program ‘Opsporing Verzocht’ (investigation requested) showed a video of the perpetrator, clearly a young man.
In a large anti-5G Facebook group with 33,000 members, the burning of radio masts is encouraged and glorified. In the Facebook group you can read reactions such as: “Everything that has to do with 5G, on fire with it”, “Very well” and “Yes Yesss! The fire rises ”.
The fires may be related to protest against the rollout of the 5G network. Campaigners fear that the radiation from antennas is bad for health and the environment. However, there is no evidence for this. It would also be suggested by some that there is a link between 5G and the coronavirus. There is no evidence for this.
In Facebook group We don’t want 5G Netherlands people share photos of places where 5G cell towers are supposed to be.
A poll has been posted with what actions should be taken against the masts. Most votes go to the option to disable cell towers. The arson of a radio tower in North Brabant was also glorified by part of the community.
Twenty cell phone antennas have also been attacked in the United Kingdom in recent days, British media report.
Two young people aged 18 and 19 are suspected to have set fire to an antenna in Dagenham, near London. In West Yorkshire, police opened an investigation into a fire at an antenna in Huddersfield Tuesday morning.
Last week, Irish newspaper The Irish Times reported a similar happening in Belfast.
The British government spokesman called the attacks “completely absurd”. He emphasized the vital importance of the telecommunications network for health services, but also for the population who want to keep in touch with their neighbors during the corona crisis.
Nick Jeffery, CEO of telecom operator Vodafone, said in a blog post via social networking site LinkedIn that one of the attacked installations provided mobile connectivity for a hospital in Birmingham.
“There is absolutely no link between 5G and the coronavirus. There is no scientific evidence that 5G is harmful to humans,” he writes.